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Don’t Forget, You LOSE 1 Hour Of Sleep

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Mar 072020
 

Mi Sun says, "Don't forget to change your clocks."

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8.

Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.

This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal’s office reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Little Background

It was 54 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.

In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.

The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Girls Hockey: Blades Bow To Sacred Heart in West Haven

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Feb 202020
 

On Tuesday  Feb. 18, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) Girls Ice Hockey team was on the road in West Haven for a match up with the West Haven/Sacred Heart Sharks.

This was a spirited game with a lot of action, but in the end the Sharks chomped the Blades 7-5.

 

                               SCOREBOARD

                              1              2              3          F

Blades                  3              2              0          5

WH/SH                 2              3              2          7

 

First Period

The first period started off a bit shaky with West Haven’s Brooke McNabola making the first goal of the game on an assist from Jenna Hunt. McNabola struck again, bringing the score to 2-0.

Then it was the Blades’ Turn to show what they had. Haley Cable scored, assisted by Nadia DiNatale. Tess Csejka tied the game with an unassisted goal. Then Cable and DiNatale pulled the Blades into a 3-2 lead.

 

 

Second Period

In the second period McNabola wasted no time in getting a hat trick off an assist from Taylor Nowak. Then it was Jenna Hunt’s turn with an unassisted goal, followed by Jianna Cohrs pulling the Sharks into a 5-3 lead.

Tess Csejka made her second unassisted goal and then Sammy Drane tied the game at 5-5 assisted by Sara Cable.

 

 

Third Period

The third period belonged to West Haven. Nowak scored, assisted by Megan Froehlich, then Emilee Degrand rounded out the game with the final goal assisted by Jenna Hunt.

Next Up

Next Up for the Blades are the SCC Semi-Finals at their Home rink in Hamden at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

 

Open House: Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Ranch New On The Market

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Jun 232019
 

Stop by 245 Bittersweet Rd, Orange, to see this wonderful home during the open house today from 12-2 p.m.

Beautifully updated 2,125 sq ft ranch on a lovely 0.69-acre lot with tasteful mature landscaping.

The large, light filled open plan living space includes formal living room, formal dining room, and sunken sitting room; all offer hardwood floors & cathedral ceilings, there is a gas log fireplace in the living room; a ceiling fan and French doors to the deck in the sitting room, lots of windows offer plenty of natural light.

The fully applianced kitchen offers granite countertops, breakfast bar, vaulted ceiling, and skylights. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths including the master suite with jetted tub, large walk-in shower, and Palladian window.

The walkout lower level provides a large family room area with built-ins and a second gas log fireplace, French doors provide access to the bluestone patio with brick wall surround and fireplace.

The lush yard provides a shed and nicely manicured grounds perfect for play, entertaining and relaxation.

New on the market for $369,900.

Three Residents Evaluated For Smoke Inhalation In Orange

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Jun 022019
 

A fire in an unattended self-cleaning oven Saturday night caused damage to an Orange home and led to three people being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

Orange volunteer firefighters were called to 832 Quarter Mile Road in Orange shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of an oven fire. Firefighters discovered that the family had set the self-cleaning oven to clean and then left the house. When they returned, they found the house full of smoke and items in the storage drawer under the stove burning.

According to the fire chief, “The family called 9-1-1 and they were able to put out the fire and remove the storage drawer from the home. In doing so, however, they inhaled a lot of smoke, causing some health concerns.”

While some firefighters cleared smoke from the home, others performed an initial medical evaluation of the people who were in the home. The residents were further evaluated by American Medical Response personnel but declined to go to the hospital.

“Operating between 800 and 1,000 degrees, self-cleaning ovens are a great convenience, but should not be left unattended,” the chief said. “While some ranges have storage drawers underneath the ovens, homeowners should be certain that the drawer is indeed a storage drawer rather than a warmer or broiler. It can be confusing. And, like any other appliance, ranges need to be maintained and used following instructions.”

He said the fire resulted in damage to the oven and smoke damage to the kitchen. The Fire Department does not issue damage estimates and because Orange firefighters were involved in the medical treatment of the homeowners, their names were protected under federal patient privacy rules. The Orange Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the incident.

AVANGRID Offers Safety Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

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Dec 272018
 

Weather Advisory Issued to Customers of United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and Berkshire Gas

AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), a diversified U.S. energy company, and its subsidiaries in Connecticut and Massachusetts are urging customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that’s forecast for New England.

“The risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards can increase as residents try to stay warm during the extreme cold,” said Bob Kump, CEO of Avangrid Networks, the parent company of United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and Berkshire Gas.

“As this extremely cold weather settles in, we encourage customers to look around their homes and make sure they’re able to keep themselves and their families warm and to identify any potential safety risks that must be addressed,” Kump said.

Staying Warm

If you are unable to keep your home safely and comfortably heated, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Exposure to extreme cold can cause serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite. To avoid them, stay indoors if possible and wear warm clothing, including head covering and gloves or mittens.

For information about frostbite, hypothermia, and other concerns, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Incidences of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning rise during cold weather, as a result of malfunctioning appliances, poor ventilation and improper use of heat sources. Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are working, and replace the batteries at least twice a year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless toxic gas. It is a product of fuel combustion, and a buildup can result from a furnace or space heater problem. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic flu, so make sure the CO detector is functioning.

For more information about fire and carbon monoxide dangers, visit the National Fire Protection Association, https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/News-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2016/Winter-weather-months-prompt-heating-and-carbon-monoxide-safety-warnings.

Stove and Range

The stove, range, and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking, not heating. Use them as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions. In addition to creating a fire hazard, a natural gas stove or oven can present a carbon-monoxide risk when used for heating.

Space Heaters

Use only space heaters that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and never use a device designed for outdoor use indoors. Place the space heater on a level surface away from foot traffic, at least 3 feet from combustible materials. Inspect the cord for fraying, and after plugging it in, periodically feel the cord near the outlet to make sure the plastic is not getting hot. Do not run the space heater cord under a rug or carpeting, and never use an extension cord for a space heater. Keep children and pets away, and turn off the space heater when you leave the area.

More space heater safety information can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website, at https://energy.gov/energysaver/portable-heaters.

Heating, Hot Water, and Plumbing

Keep the furnace area clear of flammable materials and keep vents clear to provide a good air supply to your heating system to ensure proper combustion.

Water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures may freeze and burst. Don’t ignore drips or odd noises from your heating system — call your heating company to investigate. Wrap exposed pipes in your basement with pipe insulation to help them retain heat and avoid freezing.

The American Red Cross offers additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes at https://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes.

Ready for Election Day? Know Your Voting District

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Nov 062018
 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Voting hours are 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town offices remain open but schools are closed.

Voting Locations: District 114: Mary L Tracy School

Districts 117 & 119: High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

If you are new to town, Click HERE  for a video from 2013 when the new districts were determined. 

District 1 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 114]

District 2 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 117]

District 3 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 119]

Open House: 3 Bedroom Ranch On Old Tavern Road

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Oct 072018
 

Life is easier in one level living. Sprawling ranch with 1900 square feet plus a finished lower level with 1500 square feet. Prime location accessible to shops, restaurants and parks.

Huge family room at 144 Old Tavern Road with loads of natural light. Eat in kitchen with breakfast nook. All stainless steel appliances with brand new stove and dishwasher. 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, all hardwood floors refinished.

Beautiful wrap around deck overlooking 3/4 acre of southern exposure.

Open House Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Available for $349,000

Be Mindful Of Your Dog’s Fears This Holiday Week

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Jun 262018
 

Over the years we’ve learned that the Fourth of July celebration begins and ends several days before and after Independence Day.

The loud rumbles, cracks, pops, and booms may thrill us, but they can be terrifying for dogs.
When I was a kid, my dog Bootsie would burrow as deep as she could go under anything, beds, tables, chairs whatever she could hide under trying to find safety.
Although I’m lucky and my dog, Mi Sun seems alert but unafraid of loud noises. Still, there are so many of you who need to find a way to protect your pet to help get him or her through this noisy holiday.
Make sure to create a safe zone in your home where your pet can feel comfortable. If you have a quiet inside room, set it up with familiar items for him before you head out to the fairgrounds. Give him access to water and leave a radio playing at normal volume to keep him company.
Don’t bring your pet to fireworks displays, and never leave him unattended in the car.
Don’t leave your dog outside alone. He could get lost or hurt if he panics and tries to escape from your yard — or worse run into traffic as he flees.
Keep dog doors and fence gates locked this week (end).
Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag with up to date information. An ID tag will help get you reunited even if your pet isn’t microchipped.
This is one holiday that your pet’s feelings should be your top priority.
Orange Live has had a very good record of helping to find lost dogs. If your pet runs away, immediately send us a text at 203-506-1747, e-mail at orangectlive01@gmail.com or message us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive/ along with the time your pet went missing, what area of town you are in (street, crossroads, etc), description, contact information and a photo if you have one — even if it’s not a great picture. and we’ll get the word out. Orange residents are excellent at helping their neighbors and often share missing pet news and get out and start looking immediately.

Committee Seeks Local Veterans To Honor At Memorial Day Ceremony And Parade

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Mar 242018
 

Orange residents, do you know a veteran, male or female, especially one who served in Korea or WWII. If so, the Orange Memorial Day Committee wants to know about him or her.

Every year, the committee carefully chooses veterans to honor during the Memorial Day ceremony on the Orange Fairgrounds before the parade. These veterans fill the roles of Grand Marshal, Chief of Staff and Honored Veteran in the Memorial Day Parade.

Committee Chairman Kevin Gilbert said they are looking for veterans, who are Orange residents who were honorably discharged, particularly women who often are overlooked. He said many WWII veterans don’t talk about the war, so some people may not even know that they served.

As the holiday draws closer, there is a lot of planning and preparation that needs to be done, but nothing is as important as choosing the candidates they will recognize this year. “We hope to make a decision by the second week of April, so we need help getting names submitted for consideration as soon as possible,” Gilbert said.

If you have someone in mind, or if you are a veteran who would like to be considered please call Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-4647 or e-mail kpg25629@gmail.com or contact Karen Goldberg at 203-891-4738 or kgoldberg@orange-ct.gov.

Sign Up Now For The Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Mar 242018
 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer? Are you curious about what the officers in your community do, and what their jobs are like?

Well, now you can find out- the Orange Police Department is offering a ‘Citizens’ Academy’, where you can participate in an eight-week program that will help you better understand the role of police officers in your community.

Classes will be held on Wednesday nights at Orange PD headquarters from 630p-900p, for eight weeks beginning on May 9, 2018. You must be 18 years or older to attend.

If you would like to enroll, please contact Officer Carolyn Bailey at 203.891.2138 or cbailey@orange-ct.gov